I don’t think it was fanservice at all.
Sure, you could disagree with me but, personally,I think the bed scene made Rin’s speech more intimate and effective than if they were to sleep in separate beds.
They are close together in the dark, in a foreign country hundreds of miles away from home.
On that very day, they went to the beach, the beach Rin used to visit during times he felt lonely and disconnected from the world he used to know.
And Rin opened up to Haru about his time in Australia
They met “the parents”
Essentially, it was all about Rin showing Haru the things that he had experienced during the time they were apart.
He has opened up to Haru about so many things already and this bed scene really delivers the final blow because…
He tells Haru what he means to him.
Why he chased after Haru.
Why he admires him.
And he starts talking after trying to fall asleep. No doubt he couldn’t fall asleep because he felt the need to say what was on his mind.
Also, there was the chance that Haru would’ve been asleep…
And he speaks in tentative low voice.
Notice here that Haru opens his eyes.
You might not remember it, but I still remember the day I first met you. To be honest, it had never occurred to me that I could lose to someone. But any frustration I felt vanished when I thought
Notice Haru and Rin’s body language. Haru is listening intently and Rin is still facing the other way.
Rin is saying something that makes him terribly vulnerable, and you can tell by the way he is not facing Haru that he wants to preserve a thin barrier as he lays his soul bare.
Okay, I know that I was meant to make this short and coherent but let me point this out: when Haru admits to remembering their race from way back then, he is facing the other direction too and he is hunched up in the duvet.
I felt that this admission was something that Haru felt vulnerable about, just like Rin.
Notice Rin’s expression. He is honestly surprised. Then he smiles and turns around.
Now, this connects to what I mentioned before…Rin faced the other way as a form of protection because, like he said, Haru might not have remembered that race, but to Rin it was a defining moment in his life.
Haru remembered this red-haired boy who came second place to him, but why?
Well…he must’ve felt something during their race.
And I’m guessing Rin feels that he can continue to say what he had wanted to say with more confidence because of this small admission.
And Haru turns too
And again, Haru looks away when admitting it…
He wants Haru to acknowledge/remember how amazing it feels to swim with somebody like that because Rin inherently knows what Haru is like.
This close proximity, intimacy, honesty…all of this helps to relay Rin’s feelings to Haru. Both boys are vulnerable but this moment here when they both acknowledge the importance of the other person…this moment is where we get to see something change within Haru.
So please, don’t just say the bed scene was fanservice XD
It was key.
Also, to those of you who think Haru had character growth, well, I’d beg to differ. He was literally running away from everything.
I’d like to think that Haru was regressing during the last couple of episodes…but see here
After this episode, Haru is slowly returning to his old self.
He realises that what he truly wants is to swim…
This is Haru’s imagination.
Note how it differs from his night mare.
We’re left with…
The two birds flying off into the distance always gets me.
ie. Haru is moving towards his future on his own free will, with Rin.
*winks like Lori*